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Stuart Pearson

Born James Stuart
Pearson on 21 June 1949 in Cottingham, (then in the East Riding of
Yorkshire). He was a skillful forward who played in three FA Cup finals.
Pearson started his career with Hull City and joined Manchester United
in 1974 for £200,000; at that time United had been relegated
to the Second Division and Pearson was to be instrumental in almost
immediately getting the club promoted back to First Division during
his second season by scoring 17 goals. In 1977 Pearson was part of
the United team that won the FA Cup, and had scored the opening goal
in the team’s 2-1 win against Liverpool at Wembley. A serious knee
injury kept him out of play for much of the 1978-79 season but made
a full recovery before leaving Manchester United for West Ham United
in August 1979. Pearson retired from league football in 1982 due to
recurring knee injuries, but continued to play at a lower level, in
South Africa and the NASL. He was awarded a total of 15 England caps
between 1976 and 1978. After retirement from playing, Pearson progressed
to coaching the Stockport County team in 1985 and became manager of
Northwich Victoria during the first half of the 1986-87 season. He
became assistant manager/coach at West Bromwich Albion in 1988 and
acted as caretaker manager for six games in 1991 following Brian Talbot’s
departure. Pearson left Albion in 1992 and was assistant manager at
Bradford City from 1992 to 1994. He has since been a television commentator
for United’s MUTV television station.



Born Luís
Carlos Almeida da Cunha on 17 November 1986 and commonly known simply
as “Nani”, he is a Portuguese footballer playing as a winger
for Manchester United in the Premier League as well as for the Portugal
national team. Nani was born in Cape Verde and emigrated to Europe
with his family at an early age. He was raised in Portugal and began
his football career playing for local side Real Massama. At the age
of 16, he began training with Sporting Club de Portugal and SL Benfica.
He soon established himself as top rate winger at United and has won
a further Premier League title, the Football League Cup, one FIFA
Club World Cup, and three Community Shield titles. Individually, Nani
has been included into the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA)
Premier League Team of the Year and in 2011 was a nominee for the
PFA Young Player of the Year in 2011.

Samir Nasri
Nasri was born on 26 June 1987, an Algerian French born international
footballer who plays for Manchester City FC and as part of the France
national team. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a
winger, although he has also been deployed in central midfield. Nasri
is known for his technical ability, creativity, pace, and ability
to read the game. He was raised in the town of La Gavotte Peyret in
Septèmes-les-Vallons, a northern suburb of Marseille in the
south of France and began his football career playing for local youth.
At the age of nine, he joined Professional Club Olympique de Marseille
and spent the next seven years developing in the club’s youth academy
at La Commanderie. He made his professional debut in September 2004.
In the 2006-07 campaign, Nasri won the National Union of Professional
Footballers (UNFP) Young Player of the Year award and was also named
to the Team of the Year. He ended his career with Marseille with more
than 160 appearances. On 24 August 2011 Nasri joined Manchester City
Football Club on a four year contract for a transfer fee of around


Carlos Tevez

Born Carlos Alberto
Martínez on 5 February 1984 in Argentina. He has previously
played for Boca Juniors, Corinthians, West Ham United and Manchester
United. He transferred to Manchester City from United in the summer
of 2009. And was promoted to captain at the beginning of the 2010-2011
season by manager Roberto Mancini. In 2011 Tévez requested
a transfer from Manchester citing family reasons and Sergio Aguero
was brought in as his replacement. However subsequently he and his
family moved back to. His career has been dogged by a long-standing
relationship with Media Sports Investments, the company which owned
the rights of Tévez as well as those of several other players
and coaches. This eventually resulted in West Ham United being fined
over issues regarding third-party ownership. He has made 59 appearances
for the Argentina national team, scoring 13 goals. After protracted
negotiations in 2009, his lack of playing time and subsequent differences
with Sir Alex Ferguson saw Tevez accept an offer to play for neighbours
and rivals, Manchester City. Tévez signed a five-year contract
with City on 12 September at a reputed transfer fee of £47 million,
at that time a British transfer record, though this was refuted by
Manchester City. After refusing to warm-up against Bayern Munich in
September 2011, Tevez went absent without permission and returned
to Argentina; later he would be fined for the misdemeanour – he returned
to Manchester in February 2012.


Mario Balotelli

Mario Barwuah
Balotelli was born in Ghana but on 12 August 1990 took Italian nationality
and for a time made his home in the Borgo Nuovo district of Palermo,
Sicily, His nickname is “Super Mario”, and he plays as a
striker for English team Manchester City as well as for the Italian
national team. Balotelli began his career with Lumezzane. At the age
of 15 he was promoted to the first team, making his first team debut
in a Serie C1 league match against Padova. In 2006, at the age of
15, he was signed by FC Internazionale Milano. In his second season
with Inter Milan, Balotelli had a number of disciplinary problems,
most notably involving head coach José Mourinho who excluded
him from the first team in the second half of January 2009. Balotelli
joined Manchester City in August 2010 signed up by manager Roberto
Mancini. His on and off-field performances and activities have continued
to be controversial. Balotelli earned his first cap for the Italian
national team on 10 August 2010, in a friendly match against the Cote
d’Ivoire. He has, in a short career thus far, gained the reputation
of an extrovert character.


Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini
was born 27 November 1964, a former international Italian football
player and manager of Manchester City. As a player Mancini was best
known for his time at Sampdoria, where he played more than 550 matches,
and helped them win the Serie A league title, four Coppa Italias and
the Cup Winners Cup, whilst being capped 36 times by Italy. He long
held an ambition to become a football manager and was to become an
assistant to Sven-Göran Eriksson at Lazio. After his retirement
as a player, Mancini embarked on a successful managerial career. He
coached and managed several Italian clubs to a record 5 consecutive
Coppa Italia finals from 2004 to 2008, with Lazio once in 2004 and
with Inter Milan in the following four seasons. Mancini’s first managerial
was with Fiorentina when just 35 years old but took them on to win
a Coppa Italia. Soon after he took over as manager at Lazio, where
with limited resources during his two season tenure, he succeeded
in winning another Coppa Italia, reaching a UEFA Cup semi-final, and
secure a lucrative Champions League place. In 2004, Mancini was offered
the manager’s job at Internazionale. During his tenure at Inter, the
club won three consecutive Serie A titles (an Inter club record) and
a European record 17 consecutive league game victories and he became
Inter’s most successful manager in 30 years. Despite his domestic
success the repeated failure to win the coveted Champions League resulted
in his sacking in 2008. After being out of football for over a year,
Mancini was appointed Manchester City manager in December 2009 and
in his first full season at City, Mancini guided the club to Champions
League football and the FA Cup, and has developed Manchester City
into a Premier League topping team.



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